Worship God '08
What a wonderful time with the saints up at Sovereign Grace this past week! If you know the saints of Sovereign Grace then you know that the Lord has marked them with a wonderfully gracious, eager to serve, and hospitable spirit. And this past week was no exception.
I've made a resolution following this conference. I need to attend a "worship" conference at least once every other year, maybe once a year. I'm accustomed to conferences aimed at pastors, and they tend to take on a particular kind of focus and tone. I benefit tremendously from pastors' conferences for their focus on preaching, piety, church related issues of various sorts. But this conference was (to use a cliche) a breath of fresh air. There was plenty of word, and I loved that. But the combination of thinking about the word and public gathering was completely refreshing. A great deal was not only taught but also modeled throughout the conference. Being the music novice that I am, this was a very worthwhile investment of time.
Not to mention some of the new and recent music projects available at the conference:
The new Psalms cd was available. Excellent stuff.
Also available was Upward: The Bob Kauflin Hymns Project. Nicely done. Will have you looking up to the Savior!
I also picked up a copy of volume 3 of The Worship Songbook.
What I'm probably most excited about is Voice's new cd, Not Guilty: The Process of Pardon. It's hot. Biblical theology that's faithful, engaging, and set to head-bobbing beats. Any time you can put Lig' Duncan and Wayne Grudem on tracks discussing covenant theology and the ordo salutis, you know creative genius is at work!
Many, many thanks to Bob and the Sovereign Grace family for investing in the body of Christ in this way. You all are an honor to the Lord.
Speaking of Singing...
Finally a song worthy of deacons!
Thanks to Dan Phillips and Phil Johnson for reminding us of some things a pastor isn't.
8 Amazing Things That Happen To Your Body When You Cry - These seemingly simple, often unpleasant, things leads to much more than just reaching for the Kleenex.
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